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Anvil (Marvel)
Real Name: John Anvil
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An alien Glx named Chleee was responsible for transforming a chain into an "energy synthicon" which linked the criminals Hammer and Anvil together symbiotically at the wrist and gave them superhuman powers. The synthecon provided the ability to absorb phyiscal damage without harm, which increased their strength. Anyone touching Hammer and Anvil while they are powered took damage from the energy.

Leroy "Hammer" Jackson was an African-American prisoner said to hate everyone and everything. As part of a chain gang, he was chained to a white racist named Johnny Anvil. The pair's hatred of prison, however, was stronger than their hate for each other and they succeded in escaping the chain gang while still chained together. Hammer stole a .38 handgun from a guard, and when the two encountered an alien he tried to kill it but wound up saving the creature's life instead. The alien wanted to thank them, and replaced the chain linking them with a device that granted them superhuman powers.

Hammer and Anvil usually fought the Hulk, but also fought Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, and the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Lured into the desert to fight the Hulk, Hammer was shot by the Scourge of the Underworld, disguised as a Native American shaman. Linked by the Synthecon to his dead ally, Anvil died soon afterward.


First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk (1968) #182

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Issue Appearances:
Daughters of the Dragon (2006)
Der Unglaubliche Hulk Comic-Taschenbuch (1980)
Marvel Fanfare (1982)
Marvel Tales (1964)
Marvel Team-Up (1972)
Marvel Treasury Edition (1974)
Marvel-Comic-Sonderheft (1980)
Spider-Woman (1978)
The 3-Minute Sketchbook (2007)
The Incredible Hulk (1968)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)

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